Jasmine Ellis | Choreographer & Director
Jasmine Ellis is a Canadian choreographer and film director based out of Munich, Germany. A graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory, she has worked professionally in dance as a performer and choreographer since 2006. Ellis is an award–winning film director and Artistic Director of Bad Posture Productions
Ellis’s uncategorised approach to movement, body language, text and music is the basis of her artistic approach in which humour, vulnerability and familiarity are woven together to create unexpected worlds.
Ellis is regularly awarded grants for independent productions, in addition to commissions for creating stage works nationally and internationally. Works have included Empathy (2018) which was remounted at the Rodeo Festival (Munich); back and until (2018) with Springboard Danse Montreal (Canada) as resident choreographer; the short film lockdown (2020) created in collaboration with LajaMartin - Physical Dance Theater Company (USA); and everything blue (2020) created with Evandro Pedroni (Vienna/Brazil)
Ellis created a trilogy of three full length productions about loneliness from 2019-20: Lucas is lonely (2019) premiered in Winnipeg, Canada presented by Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers. Toni is lonely (2019) was realized as part of DANCE Festival in cooperation with Residenztheater and supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, and the hybrid theater film version Is Susan lonely? (2020) was created and streamed online. Ellis has received funding from The Canada Council for the Arts to create a short film version of the stage production of Toni is Lonely (2021) as well as the #takecare grant from Fonds Darstellende Künste (2021). Skin hunger (2021) premiered at HochX in Munich. In Summer of 2022 Ellis collaborated with Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and Bayerisches Junior Ballett München for her INSIDE THE 1972 BOXING RING project presented at the 50th anniversary of the Munich 1972 Olympic Games - Festival.
The cultural department of the City of Munich has approved project funding for "Reality Warping", which will premiere 2023 in HochX Munich and tour.
As an active member of Munich's independent dance scene, Ellis leads the Bad Lemons Project. The project promotes a vibrant and collaborative community through professional training, exchange and research projects. Jasmine Ellis has been leading the OASIS project and the T29-dance space with Bad Lemons Project and together with the TanzQuelle and Focus Dance initiatives since 2022.